OU receives $500,000 gift; Regents approve 4.8 percent tuition hike, pay increases

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: June 25, 2014 at 10:36 pm •  Published: June 25, 2014

University of Oklahoma President David Boren announced at the OU Board of Regents meeting Wednesday that the Helmerich Foundation of Tulsa is making a $500,000 gift for the renovation of a floor in the Neustadt Wing of Bizzell Memorial Library.

“University Libraries has been significantly enhanced by the generous support of Peggy Helmerich and her late husband, Walter Helmerich III, who established both a major endowment for the library and an endowed faculty chair for the dean of Libraries,” Boren said in a statement. “This most recent gift continues the Helmerich family’s legacy of generosity.”

In recognition of that support, OU Regents voted to name the renovated space the Peggy V. Helmerich Collaborative Learning Center.

The library project, which is expected to be completed for the fall semester, involves the complete renovation and modernization of about 18,000 square feet on the lower level of the Neustadt Wing.

This type of environment enhances student-to-student and faculty-student interaction, active learning and immediate feedback, said Rick Luce, dean of University Libraries.

The renovation includes a variety of individual and group study areas, such as seminar space, a community room, a digital scholarship lab, and group meeting and research areas.

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